The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is in negotiations with book publisher HarperCollins to bring e-books to Apple’s new tablet that is widely believed to be introduced next week at the recently announced Apple media event. The report points out that HarperCollins would be in control of pricing the content, with Apple taking […]
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Apple and HarperCollins Brokering Deal to Bring e-Books to Tablet?

harper_collins_logo.jpgThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is in negotiations with book publisher HarperCollins to bring e-books to Apple’s new tablet that is widely believed to be introduced next week at the recently announced Apple media event. The report points out that HarperCollins would be in control of pricing the content, with Apple taking a cut.

HarperCollins is expected to set the prices of the e-books, which would have added features, with Apple taking a percentage of sales. Details haven’t been ironed out.

It couldn’t be learned whether Apple will sell the HarperCollins titles via a new e-book store or through its existing iTunes Store, which sells music, television shows and movies. Other publishers also have met with Apple, people familiar with the matter said. Apple declined to comment.

Its also been reported that Apple is looking into other print media to digitize with this device. In fact magazine publishers have been developing distribution models for just such a device. Several major American newspapers have also reportedly been in negotiations with Apple to bring their content to this new device.

I would buy into this report wholeheartedly, if it wasn’t for Steve Jobs’s pesky “People don’t ready anymore” quote regarding the Amazon Kindle. I’m sure this tablet will have an e-reader element to it, but I’m also sure that won’t be the main focus of the device.

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